Saturday, June 21, 2014

My new Mac and my first Mac

I ordered my new iMac last night and it should be here next week!
This got me thinking about all the different computers I have had over the years (Mostly Mac) and how they have changed.

I purchased my  first computer in 1981.  It was was a Commodore VIC20 and, for me, it was more of a toy than a computer since I didn't have a clue what to do with it!

My first "real" computer was one of the early early laptops.  It was a 1984 HP110 that I used to program Fire and Security equipment.

My first Apple computer was a MacSE, which I purchased new in 1988. I also purchased an Apple dot matrix printer called an ImageWriter.

The Mac SE had a 9" CRT Monochrome Screen at 512 x 342, an 8 MHz Motorola Processor, 1 MB of RAM, a 40 MB Hard Drive, integraded VRAM, and a 3.5 inch 720 KB Floppy Drive.  There was no Network Card, Modem, CD / DVD Drive, or WiFi.  It cost about $3100.  If you figure in the rate of inflation over the years, the Mac SE would sell for over $6000 today!  The ImageWriter Printer was about $650 which would be over $1000 today!  I don't think that my raises over the years have quite kept pace with inflation because there is no way that I could afford $7000 for a computer today!

My new iMac has a 27" LED Back lit LCD Screen that supports 2560 x 1440 with millions of colors.  It has a 3.5GHz Quad Core i7 Intel Processor,  16 GB of Ram, a 3 TB Fusion Drive, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, and all the other bells and whistles that you would expect on a computer like this.
This computer costs $2699 which is less than the Mac SE was new!

This leaves me wondering ....... What will computers be like 25 years from now?!


  1. The commentary of the writer about his experience with computers takes us all back on the wonderful journey of how these electronic wonders have evolved from the 80's till now. Nicely written.